Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.
This week’s top ten goes to the ten books I could reread forever. Admittedly, I cheated a bit with this one. There are more than 10 books on this list. My list does, however, remain in the ten limit. I’ve merely counted certain series’ as one. ^_^ There are simply so many books that I just plain love to reread. In fact, literally every single one of them (except for the newest addition to the list) I have reread at least five times at this current point in my life. So, here we go.
10. Just Listen by Sarah Dessen
I reread Dessen books quite a lot, but I’m pretty picky about it. I have a few that are high up on my list for rereading while I generally tend to forget about the others. For Just Listen, I simply adore the characters and the story. And I think many of you will notice a theme when it comes to the books by Sarah Dessen that I’ve fallen in love with over the years…I adore the characters. She has a way of having some pretty incredible and memorable characters in one book while simultaneously having characters I can’t even recall the names of in other books. Just Listen follows the life of teenage model Annabel after an enormous falling-out with her best friend. It’s a lot more poignant and important than I make it out to be in the end, because the issues it does talk about are pretty big ones.
9. The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen
This is the second Dessen book on my list, but by no means the last. This one is on my list for a number of reasons, the biggest namely that I just love everyone involved in WISH catering. Wes and Burt’s backstory really attacked my emotions. And then how could I not love Kristy? She’s the best friend I never knew I always needed! There’s a lot about these characters that I just fell in love with and while the story itself was somewhat ordinary, it’s one I’ve always held dear to my heart.
8. The Winner’s Series (The Winner’s Curse, The Winner’s Crime, The winner’s Kiss) by Marie Rutkoski
If you’ve been following my blog for any significant period of time, you’ve probably heard me talk about this series at some point in the past. I recently reread it, actually, for the 24in48 Readathon. I cannot even begin to express how much I love these books. They definitely used a subject that was very risky to write about in such a manner, but Rutkoski’s novels were ultimately not only impressive but filled with so much emotion that I was on the edge of my seat, so to speak, the entire time I was reading it.
7. This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen
This is the final Dessen book on this list, which goes to show that as much as I love her books, they’re definitely not there at the top. This Lullaby is the first Sarah Dessen book I ever read and it is by far my favorite. Dexter is the most adorable, beautiful, clumsy human being ever and I love him. Remy is strong, decisive, and has some issues to deal with. I could not have asked for a more real and perfect couple in a story. Suffice to say, they both mean a lot to me.
6. The Gatekeepers Series by Anthony Horowitz
If you’re ever looking for a YA book with creepy elements that makes you think abstractly, this is a good one to pick up. It’s not good in the sense that it discusses real issues (because it really doesn’t), but it was massively creative and the theory Horowitz eventually puts forward for time and time travel was fascinating. I’m not sure what it is about this series that captured me so much, but I’ve always been really in love with it. Horowitz also wrote the Alex Rider series, which I adored as well, but I by far prefer this series to his others. It was just…fascinating.
5. The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
This book has some dark themes to it. My picking it up was truly just a random happenstance on account of the fact that it was .50 cents at Marden’s. And to tell you the truth, I would truly despair if I had never come across this novel. Not only is it brim-filled with beautiful language, but the story it tells is so poignant and tragic that I’ve always been especially fond of this book. If you haven’t read it, I would definitely suggest picking it up. The book begins with a young boy called Daniel finding a book in a library called the Cemetery of Forgotten Books, a place where books are kept safe over the years (how can you not immediately love that?), by an author whose books have all been mysteriously disappearing over the years as a man seems hell-bent on destroying every last literary work of Julian Carax. It’s amazing. Believe me.
4. The Leviathan Series (Leviathan, Behemoth, Goliath) by Scott Westerfeld
This book series is just plain brilliant. From the wonderful and lovable Deryn Sharp to the brilliance of the world in which this tale is set in the first place. I fell in love with everything; from the art to the story this book series was plain perfection. I cannot stress enough how much I adore this series. And frankly, I just think everyone needs to find it out for themselves.
3. The Inheritance Cycle (Eragon, Eldest, Brisingr, Inheritance) by Christopher Paolini
Why, hello childhood.
Okay, these books all mean a lot to me. And it’s not like they got me started in reading or that these books somehow are a first for me in any way, but rather that I loved these books with every piece of me. Eragon, for the longest time, was my favorite book in the whole world. It is the only book that has really been my favorite for more than five years. And it took a long time for me to come across a book that would replace it as my favorite. It was also inspiring, in a way, for me at nine (a child who loved to read and write) to read a book written by a fifteen-year-old.
Eragon will forever have a most special place in my heart. I was nine when I first read this. I still have the first copy I ever owned of it, one that was given to me by my aunt, and is now battered and bruised due to the sheer number of times I reread it. The book is falling apart, but it’s by far the most cherished book I own.
2. The Wendy by Erin Michelle Sky and Steven Brown
I confess this is the one book I haven’t reread. Yet.
This is due to the simple fact that The Wendy was only published this year. I’ve talked about it time and time again on this blog, mainly due to the fact that I really just want to share with everyone how deeply amazed I am and how fantastic this book is. Sincerely, there is nothing more I would love than to have the whole world read this book and understand how much it truly means to me. It was beautiful in so many ways, and even now, over a month after I read it I still find myself raving about it. (Also the cover is gorgeous. That alone makes it worth putting on your shelf!)
1. The Lunar Chronicles (Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, Winter) by Marissa Meyer
Favorite author, favorite book series, wonderful retelling. Marissa Meyer is the reason I fell in love with retellings. I never really cared much for them prior to reading her books and I was even somewhat weary about picking up Cinder in the first place. But it was the best decision I’ve ever made. I reread The Lunar Chronicles twice each year and have been doing so since I first stumbled across them in 2012. I literally could reread these books forever and I would never regret that decision.
And that’s just how it goes.
Happy reading, everyone!